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  • How to keep your cleaning materials hygienic

    Low Section Of Male Janitor Cleaning Floor With Caution Wet Floo   It’s more important than ever to maintain excellent hygiene standards in all areas, and a key part of this is ensuring that cleaning tools and equipment are hygienic. In this guide we set out the key steps and share some helpful resources to help you do this.

    STEP 1: Ensure you have the right equipment

    If you have not already carried out a full review and risk assessment around cleaning in your business, now is the time to do that. Look at all the hazards that could potentially arise if your premises and equipment is not cleaned thoroughly and note them down. This will then help you to take the next step of writing down clear cleaning procedures, including which cleaning tasks need to be carried out and how frequently. Look at this list alongside your current equipment and supplies and you can then assess if you have all the equipment and cleaning supplies that you need. When checking equipment, consider the design, age and state of repair of the equipment. For example, brushes or buckets with scratches or grooves in the design can collect grime and bacteria. Some equipment, such as the Vikan hygiene tools we stock, are specifically designed to have smooth contours and detachable elements which make them easy to keep clean.

    VIKAN LARGE 20L HYGIENE BUCKET C/W HANDLE, £26.07 VIKAN LARGE 20L HYGIENE BUCKET C/W HANDLE, £26.07

    Click here to see our range of Vikan hygiene equipment

    STEP 2: Colour code items used in specific areas

    Different cleaning routines should be established for different areas of your premises. In particular, different procedures and equipment should be used for food contact and non-food contact areas. To avoid cross-contamination of areas, such as toilet areas and main entrances or food preparation areas,  must be easily identifiable and kept separate from those used in different areas. Color coding is often a simple solution but don’t use stickers which can come off or attract dirt as they disintegrate, it’s best to use cleaning tools which are colour coded. You can see a variety of differently colour coded hygiene equipment including sponges and scourers, brushes, mops and tubs in our brochure of hygiene tools and equipment. Failing that, you can also use labelling and tagging systems which can help to ensure the right cleaning tools are used in the right areas. Please call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com for more details.

    STEP 3:  Put clear written cleaning procedures in place -- including the decontamination and storage of cleaning tools.

    Having done the preparatory work, the next step is to set out clear written cleaning procedures and train staff accordingly. Training should happen at induction and be regularly reviewed. A key part of the cleaning procedures for each area of your premises should include cleaning and storing the tools used. The procedures need to be carefully considered but should include the following:

    • Clean and store the equipment correctly after every use ensuring it is thoroughly clean, sanitized and dry and ready for the next use.
    • Dispose of cleaning products that may have been contaminated.
    • Remove visible dirt and debris and pre-rinse
    • Wash the item using the detergent or product at the temperature recommended by the manufacturer for cleaning the item. The rinse clean again.
    • Check and sanitize. Make sure the item is well cleaned and sanitize using disinfectant or sanitizer where appropriate.
    • Dry and store in the correct place, in the correct way. Ideally, for example, brushes should be hung on hooks or stored in a way where they are not kept on the floor or in disarray. We do have storage solutions for hygiene tools and equipment available. Please contact our sales team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for more information.
    • Record that the item has been cleaned, checked and stored appropriately.

    STEP 4: Have scheduled times and records for cleaning processes

    Set out how frequently certain tasks need to be completed and how often items should be replaced. Cleaning cloths and sponges for example, should be replaced regularly. It may be that a brush used in a general area where there is no food preparation is cleaned and checked once a month. Write out the procedures but also ensure that reasonable records are kept by staff of who cleaned which items and who was responsible for doing so. There are many variations on the best processes for different businesses and a very helpful guide can be found from Vikan. Vikan cleaning tool maintenance guide Click here to view and download Vikan’s guide to cleaning tool maintenance   We can also offer helpful advice on products and systems which will make the task of keeping your cleaning equipment hygienic easier and faster. Please contact our sales team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for advice relating to your specific needs.

  • Using hand sanitizer frequently? A guide to keeping your hands healthy & avoiding skin problems

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    Since the onset of COVID-19 we have all had to increase our use of hand sanitiser and frequency of hand washing.  Over a long period this can cause skin problems on the hands for some people, particularly for those whose jobs involve very frequent use of hand cleaning products.

    In this guide we will outline procedures and products, such as different kinds of gloves to keep hands healthy while maintaining high hygiene standards.

    The frequent use of alcohol based hand sanitizers can result in dry, cracked skin on your hands. Not only is this painful and distressing, but ironically, it also causes further hygiene problems and makes it difficult when there is a need to wash your hands frequently. Some hand sanitizers and soaps can strip the natural oils of the skin and this, along with frequent use of hand dryers causes it to dry out.

    Focussing on preventing skin conditions like dermatitis and dry or chapped skin is the best option as prevention is better than cure!

    Choose moisturizing soap and wash hands rather than using hand sanitizer where possible

    Hand washing is more effective than hand sanitizer at reducing spread of coronavirus. In addition, if you dry your hands well and use the right products, it is generally less drying for the skin.

     

    HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97 HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97

     

    This rich deep cleansing lather contains Triclosan for proven antibacterial action. It is suitable for all industries where a mild yet effective soap is frequently required. It is free from solvents, harsh chemicals, perfumes and dyes and helps prevent skin infections.

     

    When using hand sanitizer choose moisturizing brands.

    It’s not always possible to wash hands when needed, for example before or after touching an area which a lot of people will also be touching. Choosing good quality hand sanitizer such as our Covsan brand can help.

     

    ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 500ML TOP BOTTLE, £9.99 ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 500ML TOP BOTTLE, £9.99

     

    This Covsan hygienic hand sanitiser gel disinfects hands but also feels great to use. It’s 70% alcohol formulation is suitable for frequent use and it contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Specially formulated with moisturisers for a soft feeling and protection of the skin.

     

    Double check you are washing your hands properly

    We all know the rule you must sing 'Happy birthday' twice to have washed your hands thoroughly, but making sure you wash your hands in the right way can help to reduce skin irritation too.

     

    Here are the basic rules of handwashing

     

    Put the soap on first: Many people wet hands before dispensing a dose of soap into a cupped hand, however for heavily soiled hands  it’s best to apply soap directly to the skin first.

    Rub your hands as follows: 

    • Rub palm to palm; 
    • Palm over back of hand
    • Fingers interlaced,
    • Palm to palm,
    • Fingers interlaced,
    • Curl fingers together
    • Palm to palm,
    • Rub your thumb in small circles over each palm;
    • Rub four fingers, close together over each palm in small circles.
    • Don’t forget to wash your fingertips, it’s the bit most people miss and perhaps the most important part of your hands to clean to help avoid spread of viruses and bugs.

     

    • Rinse and dry thoroughly: Drying your hands thoroughly will help to avoid chapping. Use a clean towel. Use the towel to turn the tap off before you throw it away.

     

    Click here for a poster from Public Health England which can be printed and used to remind staff of how to wash hands thoroughly.

     

    Use barrier creams

    The skin’s natural barrier is a mixture of proteins, lipids and oils. This natural barrier can be weakened by frequent washing, so applying a barrier cream straight after washing hands is a good habit to get into and it’s more effective if you do this before you start to get any skin problems.

    You’ll need to apply the barrier cream five or six times a day for this to be effective -- once a day just won’t be enough.

    When it comes to choosing the cream, seek out creams with emollients and humectants in them, and if in doubt, it is a good idea to ask a pharmacist for their recommendation. If your hands are sore or dry, petroleum jelly is often a reliable option.

     

    CARE4 AFTER WORK LOTION CREAM, 300ML PUMP, £1.79 CARE4 AFTER WORK LOTION CREAM, 300ML PUMP, £1.79

     

    Care 4 is a high quality replenishing cream, which reconditions the skin during and at the end of the working day. Suitable for use on all skin types as an after- work cream to re-balance natural oils within the skin during working activities. Ideal for engineers and fitters, production operatives, warehouse staff or people working in maintenance, healthcare or office environments.

     

    Click here for our full range of hand care and cleansing products

     

    Using gloves

    If hands are already sore, or you want to avoid skin irritation, using gloves is another option. However, official advice from the Government and WHO is that for most workers and members of the public, using gloves can actually do more harm than good. If you touch an infected surface for example, then touch your face, you can catch COVD-19. You may be less likely to effectively rinse and dry gloved hands or to dispose of gloves as frequently as you can simply wash or sanitize bare hands.

    It is also important to understand how to take gloves off properly to avoid contaminating your hands with anything that is on the surface of your gloves.

     

    How to safely remove gloves:

    Take hold of the outside of one glove at the wrist and peel it away from the hand, pulling it inside out.

    Peel off the second glove by putting your fingers inside the glove at the top of your wrist and pull it inside out without touching the outside.

    Click here for a poster demonstrating how to remove gloves safely.

     

    Which gloves?

    For those who need lightweight gloves for more dexterous tasks, it’s important to choose thinner, more flexible fabrics which still offer good protection.

    DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE, £6.50 DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE, £6.50

     

    These disposable gloves are made of high quality blue PVC plastisol, and are designed to offer sensitivity and improved feel. They offer a dependable and economical latex free alternative. They have a smooth finish and a beaded cuff for added strength.

     

    FINITE DISPOSABLE POWDER FREE BLUE NITRILE GLOVES, FOOD SAFE, £15.98 FINITE DISPOSABLE POWDER FREE BLUE NITRILE GLOVES, FOOD SAFE, £15.98

     

    If you are working in a food environment our disposable blue nitrile gloves are perfect for all hygiene tasks. These food safe gloves are easy to don and perform in all situations. They have a high tear and puncture resistance whilst the micro-textured finish improves grip and feel. AQL 1.5, latex-free, non-sterile and ambidextrous.

    Click here for our full range of disposable gloves

     

    If you’d like to know more about what suits you or your company, our team would be happy to talk you through the safety guidance and to let you know the latest products which might best suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Face masks: which to choose for your workplace  

     

    Portrait attractive asian waitress wear face mask and face shiel

     

    New rules come into place from 24th July on face masks when it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England.

    In this guide find out which face coverings are needed for different purposes and the latest advice on how and when to order new stock.

     

    Under the Public Health Act 1984 it is already mandatory to wear face coverings  on forms of public transport including buses, coaches, trams, ferries, aircraft and trains.

    From Friday 24th July, anyone who goes into shops or supermarkets, including food takeaway shops, without a face covering could face a fine of up to £100.

     

    As we’ve seen throughout the year, ordering the right kind of items at the right time has been essential to ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the new regulations. So it’s important to know what kind of face covering is needed for what purpose.

     

    Currently we do have stock, but there is high demand so do call us on 01726 74264 or email us at sales@cisafety.com so we can advise you on the right kind of face covering and order what you need in good time.

     

    Face coverings are not the same as masks

    A key point is that face coverings and face masks are not the same and there are many different varieties of face masks and coverings which suit different purposes. The government is keen to emphasise that:  “It is important that people do not use medical grade PPE masks to ensure these remain available for frontline staff.”

     

    For retail staff and staff wishing to stop the general spread of COVID-19 

    In these situations, a face covering does not have to be formally graded as PPE.

    Protective face masks which are comfortable, reusable and which can be ordered in quantities are an ideal solution for many businesses. They work by preventing the wearer from spreading any infection, and use of these masks has been found to be effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus in public places.

     

    We do have some excellent products, including this Protective Face Mask:

    WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99 WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99

     

    This mask has some of the key qualities that you need to look for in face masks which are needed to stop the general spread of coronavirus in shops and supermarkets and on public transport.

    • It has an anti-bacterial treatment which lasts for 12 washes which helps to keep the wearer healthy
    • It is soft and comfortable, with an ergonomically designed fit so that it can be worn for longer periods of time.
    • 100% cotton double layer offering good protection from the spread of ‘droplets’ and means that the face mask can be washed at a high temperature.
    • These face masks can be ordered in bulk for staff, please call us for details and the latest stock levels. (Tel: 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com)

     

    For construction or site workers 

    An option which is helpful for workers and visitors to construction sites or factory floors are visor style face coverings which are practical and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

     

    This COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND retails from £4.99.

    COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND, £4.99 COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND, £4.99

     

    For frontline and healthcare workers 

    Those at higher risk may opt for more protective face coverings, such as 3 ply surgical masks, which are designed to be disposable.

    3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each

    These ear loop surgical masks are priced singly but boxed in 50's. Please contact us for quantity discounts. (Tel: 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com)

    These 3 ply masks are mainly intended for healthcare professionals and are proven to be as effective as an N95 respirator mask in preventing viral infections. The masks work by preventing particles entering the body through the nose or mouth.

    They are lightweight and breathable and designed to fit comfortably.

    At this time it is advisable to call or email us with any orders so we can ensure that stocks are available for you and offer advice on the best products to suit your needs. Please feel free to call our team on 01726 74264 or email us at sales@cisafety.com and we’ll do our utmost to ensure you have the right face coverings for your needs.

  • Back to work: a guide to opening up your business after lockdown

    actory workers with face mask protect from outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. Concept of protective action and quarantine to stop spreading of Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19.

    It’s official, those who cannot work from home are being actively encouraged to go back into the workplace. This includes many in the manufacturing, construction and food industries.  Here is our guide to ensuring staff and visitors are safe and social distancing is implemented as the nation begins to return to work.

    A general guide to good practice when encouraging employees to return to work:

    • Ensure employees who are in a vulnerable group (including those aged 70 and over, those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant women) are strongly advised to follow social distancing guidance
    • Ensure employees who are in an extremely vulnerable group and should be shielded are supported to stay at home
    • Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
    • Make sure managers can spot symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are clear on relevant processes, including sickness reporting and sick pay.
    • Ensure there are plenty of handwashing facilities. Soap and water are best, but hand sanitiser as a secondary option where necessary. Tissues should also be provided and staff informed of and encouraged to follow good hygiene practices.
    • Have a clear written policy and keep all staff up to date about what you are doing to reduce risks of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.
    What exactly are the social distancing requirements that the government is recommending?

    The key guidance on social distancing is that employers who have people in their offices or on-site should ensure that employees are able, where possible, to maintain a 2-metre distance from others and that they should be able and encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water ideally, for at least 20 seconds.

    To facilitate this and ensure staff safety the additional points should be considered.

    • If employees can work from home they should be encouraged to do so. It means greater safety and fewer people on site making it easier for those who do need to come in to maintain social distancing. There are some helpful tools to help you manage tasks and productivity of teams remotely and these include:For communication: Zoom.us (now updated to address reported privacy issues) and Google Hangouts for online meetings.For project/task management: Asana, Monday, Trello and Slack are all popular and well-used systems to assign tasks, share files and manage workflows and deadlines.
    • Members of staff who are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable, as well as individuals whom they live with, should be supported as they follow the recommendations set out in the guidance on social distancing and shielding respectively

     

    Signage to promote social distancing due to coronavirus

     

    It may be helpful to have floor stickers and signage to help you maintain the 2 metre distance between anyone on the premises. We have items like this in stock, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information.

    Click here to see some posters

    What if we cannot maintain a 2-metre distance between employees easily?

    There will inevitably be some activities where it is almost impossible for staff or visitors to maintain the social distancing guidelines. If this is the case, government guidance is to carefully consider whether this particular activity needs to continue for the business to operate. If it does need to take place, then the guidance is that employers should take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission of COVD-19.

    Staff should be advised to keep 2 metres apart as much as possible, but where this is not easy to maintain, you should advise staff to wash their hands frequently, and especially at key points including arrival at work or home, before and after eating or taking a break. Before and after operating machinery or equipment and after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.

    To help with this, you should consider adding additional pop-up handwashing stations or facilities, providing soap, water and/or hand sanitiser.

    When entering and leaving, you should ensure your workforce stays 2 metres apart as much as possible. To protect your staff, you should remind colleagues daily to only come into work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.

    Many businesses will need to provide more handwashing and hygiene facilities.

    These products may be helpful:

    Refillable liquid soap dispenserFloor mount for soap dispenser

    Wall mounted dispensers for alcohol gel or soap. These dispensers can also be mounted on floorstands.

    This sneeze stand is helpful for anyone who coughs or sneezes or needs to wash their hands after touching a key touch point such as a door handle.

     

    Sneeze station Sneeze Station. Contains 2 x 236ml sanitizing hand gel; 3 x boxes of 80 tissues; one label to seal prior to disposal.

     

    Please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information about these products.

    For manufacturing and processing businesses...

    If essential activities mean that staff cannot easily maintain a 2-metre distance between each other, staff should work side by side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face if possible.

    Cleaning procedures should be scheduled regularly and more frequently throughout the day, even if this means, pausing production to allow staff to wipe down workstations with disinfectant.

    Staff should be assigned to shift teams which remain the same to limit social interaction.

    Break times should be staggered and staff encouraged to take breaks separately from each other rather than gathering. Staff should be encouraged to wash their hands before and after each break.

    You should also put up signage and floor markings in storage and warehouse areas, encouraging a 2-metre distance from colleagues where it is at all feasible.

    Click here for detailed guidance on food processing.

    For the construction industry...

    Staff should be advised to keep 2 metres apart as much as possible, but where this is not easy to maintain, you should advise staff to wash their hands frequently, and especially at key points including arrival at work or home, before and after eating or operating machinery and after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.

    Employees should keep the windows of enclosed machinery or enclosed spaces open for ventilation and the inside of cabs should be cleaned between use by different operators.

    The site and workflow should be planned to minimise contact between workers and avoid skin-to-skin and face-to-face contact. Where face-to-face contact is essential, this should be kept to 15 minutes or less wherever possible.

    Staff should use stairs in preference to lifts or hoists. Where lifts or hoists must be used, you should lower their capacity to reduce congestion and contact at all times, and regularly clean touchpoints, such as doors and buttons.

    Where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitizers should be used.

    More examples for employers are set out in these illustrative industry examples

     

    What if we want someone to come back to work but they ask to stay at home?

    Government guidance currently is that employers in businesses which are legally allowed to open should actively encourage those who cannot fulfil their roles from home to return to the workplace.

    For those staff who ask if they can stay at home, even though they cannot fulfil their role at home, the guidance is that employers should use their discretion and respect the medical need to self-isolate in making decisions about sick pay.

    Sick pay must be paid to those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are living with someone who has those symptoms. SSP is also available to those who are staying at home because they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (shielding).

    Guidance about those who live with someone vulnerable who needs to be shielded is simply that they should be supported as they follow the guidance on social distancing and shielding respectively.

    If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online, and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website.

    Employees are also entitled to time off work to help someone who depends on them (a ‘dependant’) in an unexpected event or emergency. This would apply to situations related to coronavirus (COVID-19) including the need to look after dependants, including children who need to be looked after because their school has closed.

    There’s no statutory right to pay for this time off, but some employers might offer pay depending on the contract or workplace policy.

    ACAS have more information online.

    Click on the links below for more official guidance and information:

    Government guidance to businesses about COVID-19

    HSE guidance on social distancing 

    If you would like up to date information about more products which can help you to open your business safely, we are sending out e-shots on the following ranges.

    • Equip your staff: Hi-vis waistcoats, masks, face shields and other PPE
    • Keep it clean: Wipes, spray, gel and soaps and hygiene products

    Click here to sign up for updates on these products and future news and guides from us here at CIS Safety. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button on our emails.

    As always our team are here to help you. Please do keep in touch with us and we’ll work with you to support you at this difficult time. Email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.
  • Coronavirus update: We are still here to help

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    The UK Government have confirmed that those involved in the production and distribution of PPE & hygiene products are classified as key workers and deemed as essential services, and therefore should remain open.

     

    This means we will continue to supply these products, which can help in the fight against the coronavirus, and confirm that orders will continue to be delivered to your premises.

     

    Orders will be confirmed when placed and also before any dispatch is made, to ensure we are not attempting delivery to a business that is currently closed.

     

    We are advising, however that supply of many products including face masks, disposable gloves, sanitisers and paper products are under extreme pressure and we are experiencing sustained delays as vital supplies are diverted to the NHS.

     

    If you are still operating, please prepare carefully, plan wisely and work with us as we do all we can to support those that need continued supply of these products. We are confident that the situation will be managed in time and we will win as the world responds to what is being asked of it.

     

    Whilst we are open for business, we are taking the following actions to guard against the spread of this terrible disease and protect both yourself and our staff:-

     

    • Staff are mostly working remotely, with the exception of a skeleton warehouse staff and operations.
    • Our trade counter is closed to collections, we are undertaking to deliver all orders during this crisis. Signatures will not be required however we have tracking and the driver will take a photograph of the goods at point of delivery.
    • The staff that are at work are segregated and work separately.
    • We have increased cleaning and disinfection routines.

     

    So what does this mean for you? The sales team is still available to take calls, video conference and email, and so if you have any queries or requests for information please do not hesitate to get in touch using the normal contact details.

     

    Tel: 01726 74264

    Email: sales@cisafety.com

     

    We would like to thank our customers for their patience if deliveries have been affected during this unprecedented outbreak.

     

    We will continue to do all we can so that we can maintain this vital supply to the frontline services that are in greatest need. There is good news emerging around the world, so keep positive and by working together we will come through!

    Thank you and stay safe.

  • Simple ways to help your staff avoid coronavirus

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    As with any situation, clear, helpful and accurate information is always useful. Here we offer some simply guidance to help you minimise risk to your staff and visitors of coronavirus infections, or indeed any other viral infections (including the common cold).

    Provide the right hand-washing provisions

    In a recent survey (by Initial, November 2019), one in five workers said that their employers failed to provide hand-washing products such as soap or towels.

    While it can be argued that the responsibility for clean hands lies with the individual, making it easy and providing good products and educating people about efficient hand hygiene is the first very basic step which every employer should be following.

    It is important, however, to ensure you are providing the right products.

    These anti-bacterial wipes, for example have been tested and found effective in working against coronavirus.

     

    SANISAFE ANTI-VIRAL ANTI-BACTERIAL WIPES, TUB OF 100, £5.40 SANISAFE ANTI-VIRAL ANTI-BACTERIAL WIPES, TUB OF 100, £5.40

     

    Soap and water are the most effective way to wash hands, but only if the person dries their hands effectively too.

    Hand sanitizers are also effective if soap and water is unavailable, but it is best to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

    Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

    • Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
    • Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

    Click here to see our full range of hand-washing products 

    Put up information with hand-washing guidance

    These are the simple steps advised for effective hand-washing:

    • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. As a general guide, hum   Happy Birthday twice.
    • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

    You can also download free posters from the World Health Organisation here: www.who.int/gpsc/5may/resources/posters/en/

    How to use hand sanitizer:

    • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
    • Rub your hands together.
    • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

     

    When to wash your hands:

    • As soon as you get home or into work
    • When you blow your nose, sneeze or cough
    • When you eat or handle food
    • Before you touch your eyes, nose and mouth

    Ensure surfaces and desks are cleaned regularly
    Because it's a new illness, experts are still not certain how Covid-19, the new variation of coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough or sneeze droplets. These droplets fall on people in the vicinity and can be directly inhaled or picked up from a contaminated surface on the hands and transferred when someone touches their face.

    Under most circumstances, the amount of infectious virus on any contaminated surfaces is likely to have decreased significantly by 24 hours, and even more so by 48 hours.

    Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses. Use detergent and water to clean visible dirt and the US Center for Disease Control recommends then using a disinfectant or cleaning product with at least 70% alcohol

    Special care should be made to clean areas where someone who has cold and flu like symptoms has been working, and all potentially contaminated high-contact areas such as toilets, door handles and telephones.

    We have a range of cleaning and sanitizing products available for workplaces, including ones specially tested against coronavirus such as this disinfectant AX Ultra.

    AX ULTRA VIRUCIDAL/BACTERICIDAL DISINFECTANT, 750ML, £2.73 AX ULTRA VIRUCIDAL/BACTERICIDAL DISINFECTANT, 750ML, £2.73


    AX Ultra is a proven virucidal/bactericidal disinfectant which is safe to use on all touch surfaces that are washable. Use daily to maintain clean and hygienic conditions.Virucidal activity against all enveloped viruses including Coronavirus, Influenza and HIV. Certified to BSEN 1276 and BSEN 14476. Chlorine free.

    Check your cleaning and safeguarding healthcare policies and send your staff updates
    Now is also a good time to look at our policies regarding cleaning, not just of office surfaces, but also PPE equipment and items which will be used and shared by multiple members of staff. Training should include when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE, and how to properly launder and dispose of PPE.

    When it comes to providing PPE, face masks play a very important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals but there’s very little evidence of widespread benefit from their use outside of these clinical settings. Face masks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly and disposed of safely in order to be effective.

    Employers should educate staff and workers performing cleaning, laundry, and trash pick-up activities to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and provide instructions to all staff on what to do if they develop symptoms within 14 days after their last possible exposure to the virus. At a minimum, any staff should immediately notify their employer and call 111 if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

    Avoid unnecessary meetings
    Many people can phone in or use video conferencing links rather than being physically present for meetings. It’s worth considering this as an option, and it is one which might in the longer term prove a useful way to save your organisation time and expenses.

    You can find more advice for employers and businesses here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

    Meanwhile if you would like to find out more about which products will suit your needs, or enquire about stock levels on high demand products, please call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com for free advice.

     

  • Keeping your computer clean

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    In February a range of organisations run clean your computer campaigns, but why is this important and how do you keep your computer clean? Our guide can help you to improve productivity and save money...
    Cleaning your computer regularly will help you keep it working properly and avoid expensive repairs.

    The keyboard
    It’s easy for dust, crumbs and liquid to end up on a computer keyboard. If these elements get stuck under the keys, they can stop the keyboard from working properly.

    To clean your keyboard, take the following steps:
    1. Ensure your computer is shut down and if necessary, unplug the keyboard.
    2. Turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake it to let dust or crumbs etc fall out.
    3. Use a can of compressed air to clean between the keys.
    4. Use a special computer wipe or moisten a cotton cloth or paper towel with rubbing alcohol and clean the keys. Don’t put any liquid directly onto the keyboard.
    5. Use a cotton bud with the wipe or rubbing alcohol to gently wipe the areas around the keys.
    6. Use a dry wipe or cloth to dry the keyboard.
    7. When the keyboard is dry, reconnect the keyboard if necessary.

    The mouse
    There are two main mouse types: optical mice which use light (LEDs) to track movement and mechanical mice which have small balls which roll over the surface on which you move the mouse.

    Optical mice require no internal cleaning because they do not contain any rotating parts; however, they can stop working well if dust or dirt collects near the light emitter.
    Mechanical mice are especially susceptible to dust and particles that can accumulate inside the rotating ball inside the mouse. This can stop the mouse pointer from working smoothly.

    To clean your mouse:
    1. Unplug the mouse if it is not wireless.
    2. Use a computer cleaning wipe or moisten a cotton cloth with rubbing alcohol, and
    use it to clean the top and bottom of the mouse.
    3. If you have a mechanical mouse, remove the tracking ball by turning the ball-cover
    ring counter-clockwise. Then clean the tracking ball and the inside of the mouse.
    4. Use a dry cloth or allow the mouse to dry before reconnecting the mouse.

    The mousepad
    Wipe your mousepad clean with a damp cloth, using water and a small amount of mild detergent. Allow to air dry.

    The monitor
    Dirt, grease from fingers and dust can make your computer screen difficult to read.
    There are monitor-cleaning kits you can buy, but make sure you use the right kind of cleaner for the material your screen is made from. For example, some cleaning agents will work for glass screens but are not suited to LCD screens. The safest method is simply to use a soft clean cloth moistened with water.
    Avoid using glass cleaning agents as many screens have anti-glare coatings that can be damaged by glass cleaner.

    1. Shut down your computer or laptop.
    2. Unplug the monitor if it has a separate power source.
    3. Use a soft clean cloth moistened with water to wipe the screen clean.
    Do not spray any liquids directly onto the screen.

    Other computer surfaces
    Schedule time once a month to clean your computer case and the sides and back of the monitor to avoid a buildup of dust and dirt.
    ● Use an anti-static cloth to dust your computer casing. Do not use furniture cleaners or solvents.
    ● Use a can of compressed air to blow out debris from the air intake slots.
    ● Clean the monitor housing and case with a computer wipe or slightly damp cloth which you wipe downwards. Gently rub dry with a cloth or wipe afterwards.

    Dealing with spills
    If you spill liquid on the keyboard, quickly shut down the computer and disconnect the keyboard. Then turn the keyboard upside down and allow the liquid to drain.

    If the liquid is sticky, you will need to hold the keyboard on its side under running water to rinse away the sticky liquid. Then turn the keyboard upside down to drain for two days before reconnecting it. Please note that keyboard may not be fixable at this point, but the method above is probably the best option. To prevent this situation altogether, we recommend keeping drinks away from the computer area.

    Allow air circulation around your computer
    A computer can generate a lot of heat, so the casing has fans that keep it from overheating and it is important to allow good airflow around the device for this reason. Avoid stacking papers, books, and other items around your computer.

    If your computer is enclosed in a compartment or cupboard, make sure it is not pushed close to the sides and leave a door or panel open if possible to ensure good airflow.

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  • What do you need to do to prepare for Brexit day?

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    Brexit will be upon us soon, but how will it affect your business and what tasks need to be tackled before and during the transition period? Here is a guide to some of the key things to be aware of:

    HEALTH AND SAFETY

    Health and safety laws will remain largely the same...

    Under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, all EU law in existence immediately before Brexit is converted straight into UK law as soon as Brexit occurs. These laws have to be interpreted in line with the principles laid down in the European Court as they apply immediately before Brexit day. That means most courts in the UK will be bound by these principles with the exception of the Supreme Court.

    UK courts don’t have to follow any decisions made by the European Court after Brexit, but they may still be taken into account if the UK court considers them to be relevant to a particular case in hand.

    In addition to this  the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) came into effect before the UK joined the European Union. It’s a robust and long-lasting piece of legislation which demonstrates the UK’s commitment to ensuring the safety of workers.

    In addition, most employment laws affecting workers rights are likely to remain the same too as many originated in the UK.

    You can find more information on how HSE regulations will operate should a no deal Brexit occur here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/health-and-safety-executive-information-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal

    SAFETY MARKS

    In most cases, you can continue to use the CE safety mark

    According to government advice, “In the majority of cases you will still be able to use the CE marking if you are selling goods on the UK market after the UK leaves the EU.” Goods on sale in the UK before Brexit takes place will be considered “placed on the market” and can continue to be sold without any changes.

    However, once Brexit takes place, the process of replacing the CE mark with the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark will begin.

    The government will give businesses notice about the change to using UKCA markings, and importantly, the rules for using them will be very similar to the current rules for using CE markings. One key point is that the UKCA marking will not be recognised in the EU market.

    Meanwhile, most PPE suppliers in the UK will still be able to use the CE marking for products being placed on the UK market if any of the following apply:

    • you currently CE mark your good on the basis of self-certification
    • any mandatory third-party conformity assessment was carried out by an EU-recognised notified body
    • the certificate of conformity previously held by a UK body has been transferred to an EU-recognised notified body

    If PPE is CE compliant, it will continue to be compliant in the UK.

    For more detailed advice and guidance on the CE  and UKCA mark click here:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-use-the-ukca-mark-after-brexit

    LABELLING

    Food and drink

    Companies which label food and drink will need to make changes to their labelling.

    Although the UK will have a 21-month transition period for labelling changes after exit day, there are some instances where a transition period is not possible. The main examples of this are:

    • the use of the EU organic logo,
    • use of the EU emblem
    • labelling food as originating in the ‘EU’

    Defra is encouraging a pragmatic approach to enforcement of these rules within the UK.

    For more guidance on labelling food and drink click here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/food-labelling-changes-after-brexit

    For advice specific to organic food, click here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trading-and-labelling-organic-food-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

    You can also find general guidance if your business is in the food and drink sector here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-food-and-drink-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

    Textiles

    The rules for labelling textiles will largely remain the same should a no deal Brexit occur:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/textile-labelling-after-brexit

     

    USING CHEMICALS

    If you’re using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU, you need to follow REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) regulations.

    Find out what you must do to meet REACH requirements.

    For more information, click here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-comply-with-reach-chemical-regulations

     

    DATA PROTECTION

    If your company is GDPR compliant and you have no contacts or customers in the European Economic Area (EEA), then you do not need to prepare to be data compliant if a no deal Brexit happens. If you do have contacts and customers, or a presence in the EEA, you will need to take steps. Mainly, this will involve working on your Standard Contractual Clauses.

    The Information Commissioners Office has full guidance and some helpful toolkits here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-and-brexit/data-protection-and-brexit-for-small-organisations/

     

    TRADE MARKS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

    There have been some changes to intellectual property laws to try to help protect UK businesses in advance of Brexit. After Brexit, however EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) will no longer protect trade marks in the UK. On exit day, the IPO will create a comparable UK trade mark for all right holders with an existing EU trade mark.

     

    For more information and help on trade marks, copyright, patents and design click here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/intellectual-property-and-brexit

     

    FURTHER GUIDANCE

    These are some of the key points which our customers and contacts will need to be aware of.  If you are looking for more advice, you can find a helpful list of advice by topic at this link on the governments Brexit advice website: https://www.gov.uk/find-eu-exit-guidance-business

     

    Of course our team are also happy to talk to you about how we can help to make sure you are ready for a no deal Brexit. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com if you would like a free consultation.

  • 5 New Year safety resolutions every business should make

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    When it comes to safety in the workplace we often tend to focus on what we are doing wrong or ticking the boxes to ensure we are compliant and meet regulations. Of course we all want workplaces to be safe to ensure no-one is harmed or injured unnecessarily, but building good health and safety practices into the workplace culture will also help to improve efficiency and morale as well as benefiting productivity profit margins.

    We have selected 5 effective safety resolutions you can adopt which will result in better health and safety in your workplace as 2020 gets underway.

    Have a weekly tidy up
    A tidy and well-organized workplace improves safety by ensuring that trip hazards are removed and that important safety equipment such as PPE and first aid kits are kept in a location where staff can find them quickly and easily. The regular maintenance through weekly tidying ensures that the drift of misplaced items and general untidiness is habitually kept in check. It also improves productivity, saving the average two to three hours per week which the average worker spends looking for lost things. Studies reveal that a tidy workplace generally reduces stress in workers and ensures that anyone who visits the workplace feels a sense that things are running smoothly and efficiently. You can find out more about the productivity and stress-reducing benefits of a tidy workplace in this article: The case for finally cleaning your desk.

    Encourage staff to wash their hands
    It sounds unimportant, but improving basic hygiene standards by providing hand sanitizers, training and signage to encourage your workforce to wash their hands regularly can dramatically reduce the time staff are unwell. According to a 2014 study, a virus sample placed on a doorknob and tabletops in an office spread to 40-60 percent of workers and visitors within just 2-4 hours. As well as reducing sick leave, it can also mean fewer accidents which occur due to staff members who have turned up for work not feeling alert and at their best because they are poorly.

    Plan monthly PPE spot checks
    A very common cause of incidents is the mis-wearing or mis-use of PPE equipment. A survey released by Kimberly-Clark Professional, revealed that 89 percent of safety professionals said they had observed workers not wearing safety equipment when they should have been and 29 percent said this had happened on numerous occasions. At the start of each year, it is a good idea to organise refresher training and handouts to remind staff of key things to remember when it comes to wearing PPE. Spot checks can also help to identify issues such as loose-fitting items, worn straps or items being worn incorrectly. The spot checks will also reveal if PPE is not fit for purpose because it is uncomfortable or not working as it should and opens up channels of communication between management and staff using the PPE for reporting other safety issues that concern them.

    Have a session to refresh and discuss lifting and carrying techniques
    Another highly common cause of injuries and indeed legal action in the workplace are incidents which happen when workers are lifting or carrying heavy objects,. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the biggest risk to British workers with more than a million cases reported each year, at a cost more than £5.7 billion. At this time of year, hold or plan in a refresher session for staff to make sure they are aware or have been reminded of the proper techniques to lift or carry heavy objects. Also, include the storage of heavy objects, checking that all staff understand the importance of placing heavy boxes and items in the correct places around the workplace. You can also use these sessions to ask staff if they have any concerns or requests around other safety issues.

    Send short and sweet safety updates throughout the year
    Regular fire drills are required by law (click here for UK regulations on fire drills), but it's also a good idea to involve workplace first aiders and staff in quarterly dummy runs or refreshers of other incidents. These can be drills based on what needs to happen if a minor injury occurs, to what someone needs to do if they believe a hazardous chemical has been spilled. Ensuring that you include a health and safety article in a regular workplace newsletter or bulletin can be a habitual way to remind all staff of key information such as where the first aid box is, or who the current first aiders are and break down key health and safety information into bite-sized, digestible portions, rather than assuming staff will read lengthy policy documents and remember all the information. The article below also suggests ways in which you can introduce training techniques to help ensure workers don’t forget safety training, but actively get into good habits which ensure workplace safety: Why do employees forget their training.

    Of course it is always a good idea to make sure you review your safety procedures and equipment and our team are always happy to help and suggest options that would suit your business needs. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com if you would like a free consultation.

  • How to take care of your hygiene tools

     

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    Once you’ve chosen the right hygiene tools for your business taking time to make sure they are used, cleaned and stored properly will not only prolong their life and maintain their quality and effectiveness but will help to ensure that you meet required health and safety regulations. Here’s our guide:

     

    Keeping it clean

    You might think that this goes without saying, but it’s always worth mentioning that a hygiene tool is only as good as its cleanliness. There are six main steps when cleaning your tools. Start with a  pre-clean during which you remove excess food waste by knocking, wiping or pre-rinsing the tool. Then, during the main clean, loosen surface waste and grease with a detergent. After this, rinse to remove loose food waste, grease and detergent. While this might seem like a good place to stop, you must now follow with a disinfectant or heat to kill bacteria before completing a final rinse to remove the disinfectant. Once this is all complete, you must let your hygiene tools dry completely, ideally through air drying, but paper towels or clean, dry cloths can also be used. Instilling these practices during training, policies and visible materials to remind staff of cleaning procedures will not only ensure that health and hygiene standards are maintained, but your tools will last longer and work more effectively.

     

    Keep to a schedule

    To ensure your tools are being cleaned consistently and to the correct standards, it might be beneficial to create a cleaning schedule and guidelines so that everyone knows what needs to be cleaned, how often and when they need to be cleaned and by who. Of course, instigating a ‘clean as you go’ ethic is also a good practice for any tools that are used regularly or which come into contact with food. Having a weekly, monthly or quarterly intensive clean can also be a good back up, particularly for items which may be forgotten or used infrequently.

     

    Read the instructions 

    It can be easy to lapse into a groove and assume all products can be cleaned the same way and with the same chemicals. Make sure staff read any instructions and labels before cleaning as some materials will be affected by certain chemicals and avoiding these chemicals will help to preserve your tools. This is particularly important for hygiene tools which come into contact with food as the plastic or polymers can be damaged by inappropriate cleaning techniques which in turn can cause a breach in health and hygiene standards.

     

    Store items correctly 

    Putting particular thought into how you store your tools might not be a priority but it’s worth noting that if you don’t store cleaning equipment in a hygienic manner it can result in a non-compliance according to the food safety standards set out by BRCGS (BRCv8: 4.11.6 – ‘Cleaning equipment shall be cleaned and stored in a hygienic manner’). For example, if you have colour coded hygiene tools, it is important to store each tool with tools of the same colour to avoid cross-contamination. When exploring storage solutions, keep in mind units that are designed to increase cleaning efficiency and reduce hygiene tool and cross-contamination.

     

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    Some of our suppliers, including Vikan have storage equipment such as wall brackets, shadow boards and colour-coded brackets that can help you to implement effective storage solutions.

     

    It’s also helpful, when designing your cleaning procedures, ensure your storage accommodates only the tools required for cleaning each specific area of your site.

    If you would like more information about this, our sales team are happy to help and suggest options that would suit your business needs. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

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